West Ham ready to break the bank to sign Arsenal's Olivier Giroud
The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
Hammers poised to break record for Giroud
West Ham United are set to spend big money on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, with the Telegraph saying they are "ready to make the France international the most expensive player in their history."
But whether or not a move goes through will depend on the success -- or otherwise -- of Arsenal's £49 million bid for Alexandre Lacazette.
With the Gunners keen to wrap up a deal for the Lyon forward, manager Arsene Wenger "knows Giroud wants regular first-team football ahead of next summer's World Cup."
The report adds that Arsenal "are likely to be open" to selling him if they can bring in Lacazette, and says West Ham "would like to make Giroud the attacking centrepiece" of their window business.
The east London club "are understood to be willing to match or even marginally exceed Giroud's £120,000-a-week salary and pay a transfer fee of around £20m," the Telegraph says.
Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard reports that Wenger "is set for showdown talks" with the striker about his future.
City trying to tempt trio
It's set to be a festival of full-backs for Manchester City, according to the Mail, which says they "hope to wrap up deals for three" in the near future.
After widespread reports that Dani Alves is set to link up with Pep Guardiola again the Mail says he "is expected to be first through the door after Juventus agreed to cancel his contract."
It adds that Alves "is likely to be second choice behind Kyle Walker, with City having offered £40m for the Tottenham star but Spurs holding out for an additional £10m."
Spurs have also been linked with a move for Alves, but sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC they are not interested in a deal.
The third in line will be Monaco's Benjamin Mendy, with City hopeful of completing a £40m deal before their preseason tour of the United States kicks off next month.
Foxes 'must pay £40m for Sigurdsson'
Leicester City have been strongly linked with Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson -- but they will have to dig deep if a move is to go through, the Leicester Mercury reports.
It says the Foxes "will have to offer at least £40m to even tempt Swansea into discussing a possible deal" as they look to head off interest in the player from both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Sigurdsson signed a new deal with the Swans last year, but the Mercury says that if he "indicates he wishes to assess his options then Swansea may be persuaded to accept £40m."
-- The Mirror reports that Liverpool have made their first move for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It says Jurgen Klopp is a long-time admirer of the 23-year-old and has made a direct approach to the Gunners to see whether he can do a deal.
Meanwhile, the Reds are ready to say farewell to Lazar Markovic and have offered Watford the chance to sign him for £12m, the Mirror adds.
Watford boss Marco Silva took Markovic to Hull on loan last season but faces competition from Zenit St Petersburg and Galatasaray.
-- Everton could bid for 19-year-old Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks after his starring performances for England at the Toulon Tournament, the Telegraph reports.
Brooks had been set to join Chesterfield on loan as part of the loan deal that saw striker Ched Evans rejoin United, but the Telegraph reports that "the Blades pulled the plug following interest from clubs including Everton."
-- Burnley look poised to land Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor this week, with the Burnley Express reporting that they have agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old.